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Issue: #68
June, 2020
Safe Travels

As the region slowly opens and we return to work, keep in mind these important tips:


Stay Home If You Are Sick: If you are not feeling well, it's best to either take a sick day or work from home.  Always follow the advice of your doctor or healthcare provider.

Maintain Physical Distancing:  Keep 6 feet from others to slow the spread of germs when possible.

Follow Health and Safety Guidelines:  Follow and communicate the World Health Organization (WHO), CDC, and local state and county guidelines to ensure safe commuting.

Protect Yourself & Others: Protective equipment such as masks and/or face coverings should be worn by all commuters.


Taking Transit

Pay Attention: 
If something doesn't look clean or right, ask your driver and bring it to the attention of your supervisor or appropriate employer contact.

Familiarize Yourself With the Schedule: 
Visit your transit agency's website or contact customer service to determine if there are any changes to your route or schedule.

Follow Signs and Regulations: 
Vehicles may have restricted seating to ensure physical distancing. Be sure to adhere to those guidelines.


Protect Yourself and Others: 
Wear face coverings while in the vehicle.

Reduce Exposure: 
Efforts should be made to ride with the same people each day and avoid "drop in" riders.

Limit Physical Contact: 
Carpoolers should not have any physical contact with one another and should maintain appropriate physical distancing when entering and exiting the vehicle.

More Work from Home Tips

Communication:  Combat feelings of isolation by leveraging communication tools to connect with your manager and teammates.  Use existing technologies to chat, email, and video conference often.

Schedules:  Establishing a consistent routine is key. Employees should maintain regular work periods.  Share progress updates internally to increase productivity and complete work on time.

Stay Active:  When you travel to the workplace every day, you are likely walking from the train station or walking to lunch.  Be sure to incorporate a home workout or walk around the block into your day.

Change Your Environment:  A change of environment within your home workspace can keep you energized and productive throughout the day.  Move to a different desk or play music you might hear in your company lobby or in the elevator.

Plan, But Be Flexible:  If schools and businesses close and you are not alone in your house, plan to take shifts for childcare and adjust your work schedule as needed.  Setting clear expectations for work and home will be important.


Supporting Commuters Returning to Worksites During COVID-19, Association for Commuter Transportation

Urban Heat Island Project

After nearly two years of modeling and collaborating with local government organizations and communities, The Capital Region Urban Heat Island Project lead by Shelley Jiang and funded by CalTrans has been completed. 

The team has advanced the understanding of urban heat and its relationship with the transportation sector in the Sacramento Region.  In fact, impermeable concrete or asphalt pavements cover about 35 percent of surface area in residential areas on average and up to 68 percent in commercial areas. 

The transportation sector in the Sacramento Region, mostly comprised of personal vehicle use and the asphalt roads that cater to them, makes significant contributions to urban heat and is itself vulnerable to heat atrophy.

SmaRT Ride Service Expansion in Rancho Cordova
Expanded service area began June 15, and service transitioned to corner-to-corner.  SmaRT Ride is similar to other ride-share services where customers can use a smartphone app to request a ride that will pick up and drop off passengers within the service boundaries.

Free Transportation to the Senior Nutrition Program in El Dorado County
During the COVID-19 pandemic, El Dorado Transit will temporarily offer either free transportation to and from the Senior Nutrition Program drive-up location or free food delivery. The drive-up locations include the Placerville Senior Center, the Cameron Park Community Center, and the Pollock Pines Community Center.


The following vanpools are accepting new passengers or names for their wait lists:

Vineyard Area to Downtown/West Sacramento
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Monday through Friday
$50 per month (only one seat available)

Vineyard Area to Downtown/West Sacramento
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
$50 per month

Sunridge/Anatolia to Downtown Sacramento
7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Fridays with alternative Fridays off
$30 per month

Sunridge/Anatolia/Stonecreek to Old Sacramento/West Sacramento
7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
$30 per month

Anatolia Clubhouse to Downtown Sacramento 
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Price to be determined

Vineyard or Anatolia to Amazon
7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., all days
$50 per month

Vineyard to Folsom 
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$50 per month